Although some mystery shopping providers pay within a week or two, many times you will find yourself waiting longer. Sometimes six or eight weeks, and occasionally even longer. Why don’t mystery shopping companies pay faster, and what can you do about it?
There are several reasons it can take a while to get paid, some of them very reasonable and others less so.
One issue often cited is cash flow. Mystery shopping is a low-margin business. Companies do not have piles of cash laying around the office. They have to wait for money to come in from the client before they can pay us. That may seem reasonable (at least to the mystery shopping company), but other businesses manage to pay their employees and vendors faster. Why can’t they?